Shift in Season– In Jeremiah's Life
Jeremiah 1: 4 – 6. ‘Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord” I said, “I do not know how to speak: I am too young.”
Jeremiah had a very hard time shifting or accepting a new season of usefulness in his life. The Lord had to point out several truths for Jeremiah.
I (God) knew you (Jeremiah) even before he was formed in his mother’s womb.
I have set you apart.
I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
When God was trying to take him into his next season, Jeremiah was only trying to figure out excuses.
I am only a child – I am too young.
Lord I am not a speaker – I do not know how to speak.
Jeremiah was concerned that he didn’t have eloquence enough so people would take him seriously. ‘Lord, you see since my message is kind of hard. Can you give me a booming voice so people will take me seriously.’ When God was pointing out to Jeremiah what he should do – Jeremiah was busy pointing out what he could not. When the Lord revealed to Jeremiah his future and his time to shift into a new season, Jeremiah could not see this and at first resisted.
When Jeremiah was focusing on his inabilities and weaknesses, God was focusing on his potential.
God was calling him forth as a prophet and Jeremiah could only focus on his weaknesses. Isn’t that like us? I love God’s perspective and persistence with Jeremiah. No matter what excuses Jeremiah gave God concerning his call and his new season, God continued to speak to Jeremiah’s potential.
Many times we do the very same thing as Jeremiah. When Gods says son, daughter, it is time for you to move to the next level, it is time to move to the next season, we build walls, we build barriers, we make excuses and say, “Lord I cannot do it.”
I am too busy
I am only a child.
I am not a good speaker.
I do not have enough knowledge.
They will never take me seriously.
When God says it’s time – we have our fears, we have our problems, we try to glorify our trials – we do everything to get out of God’s way. When we fail to see God eye to eye, on matters that count the most, we fail to see things through the eyes of God.
Paul saw things through God’s perspective in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. When God said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So it does not matter what your weaknesses are; it may be fear, it may be lack of eloquence, it may be that you only feel like a child, it may be that you think you do not have enough Bible knowledge. God call us to see through his eyes as did Paul in his response;
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”